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Wild not ready to relieve Niklas Backstrom of his shootout duties

Minnesota Wild goalies coach Bob Mason can't figure out why Niklas Backstrom has played so poorly in shootouts. Backstrom has stopped just ten of 22 shootout shots. Mason says Backstrom gets "impatient" in shootouts, so they'll try and work on slowing him down before replacing him with Josh Harding.
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Minnesota Wild goalies coach Bob Mason can't figure out why Niklas Backstrom has played so poorly in shootouts. Backstrom has stopped just ten of 22 shootout shots. Mason says Backstrom gets "impatient" in shootouts, so they'll try and work on slowing him down before replacing him with Josh Harding.

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